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Preaching Above Mediocrity

July 23, 2008

Delivery isn’t everything; but it ain’t nothing either. Alex Montoya is right when he says:

“Congregations have long moved beyond the simple lecture on the Bible and the ‘sharing of a few nuggets’ from the Word. Every area of Christendom has moved into the next stage of its development. Music, Sunday school, buildings, sound systems, lighting, and church offices – all these have progressed to a level above mediocrity. The same expectation is held for the preacher. The people have gathered to worship where the pianist is skilled, where the soloist has perfected her voice, where the choir has rehearsed their cantata, and where the architect has yielded the fruit of his profession. Then in comes the preacher, who has not given his delivery a second thought! He blunders through an unprepared introduction, reads through his notes, and crash lands an unfinished sermon because his ‘time was up.’ Do you expect people to respond kindly to this contrast? We owe it to our people to be skillful in our preaching, from its exegesis to its exposition.”

(Preaching with Passion, Alex Montoya, pg 84)

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3 comments

  1. To quote David (2 Sam 24:24): “I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God offerings that cost me nothing>”


  2. I’d be rich man if I had $5 for every time I heard the last three words quoted by Montoya: [The Preacher] blunders through an unprepared introduction, reads through his notes, and crash lands an unfinished sermon because his ‘time was up.’


  3. The next level stuff can be good or bad. I we depend on that next level stuff instead of God it’s bad. Even our preaching, though good if it is next level, is worthless if not preached without depending on God and empowered by the Holy Spirit. But I certainly agree that we should be ready to preach and not blunder through it. But that preparation should include prayer and the presence of God giving us His power.
    Thanks for the post on Montoya’s statement. It’s good to think about these things to improve our preaching.
    Mark



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